Carry on Camping

September already! Can you believe it?

Mind you, the weather for the last 6 weeks has been very September-like, so in theory we should think it's mid-October by now.

Hope you had a great Bank Holiday weekend, where in most places the weather was surprisingly good (particularly so given the major downpours of rain last Wednesday). I went with my family, camping in North Yorkshire. If you’re a regular listener to the show, you would’ve picked up I’m not the most “natural” camper.

Sure, if it’s hot and sunny, I love it. Nothing better than breathing in the country air, eating a breakfast of bacon sandwiches outside your tent and having space for the kids to play. But that’s the problem, it’s SO weather dependent that I still don’t get the full attraction.

On Sunday, it got very windy. So much so that the top-side of our tent was nearly touching the ground and the whole thing looked like it was about to take off. Word started to spread of other campers on the site whose tent poles had snapped in half, ripping the canvas with it, so the only thing they could do was to bin their beloved tent in the nearest skip. We were adding extra guy ropes, getting the kids to hold up one side of the tent from the bedroom compartment, whilst I went running round banging in extra pegs. And there are many that LOVE this kind of holiday?!?!

There are hardened professionals of course when it comes to camping. You get the impression they’d rather live in a house where the walls and doors flap, and start each day queuing 20 minutes for a cold shower. They have every camping gadget going to assist their 12 birth, alien space-ship style monster of a tent. The poles on their tents are so strong, even Hurricane Earl would have trouble getting one to slightly move. Hmmm, maybe that’s where I’m going wrong. Still, the temperature at night was so cold, even the best tent in the world surely can’t protect you from that.

Nope, I've decided, I’m more of a solid walls kinda guy. Having said that, our tent DID survive a weekend on the windy North Yorkshire Moors – which means the family are very keen to go camping again next year. Shame.

See you tonight @ 10.


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